Course Profile

Course Profile: Self Harm & Learning Disabilities (1 Day)
Self harm takes many forms and affects many people. It is often misunderstood by workers, thus leading to much confusion, mutual helplessness, breakdown of relationships, limited understanding of social ‘norms’ and depression related to environmental conditions.

This course is informed by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, NICE guidelines & Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB2.1, 3.1
CIS: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.1, 5.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5
QCF: HSC026, 205, 2012, 3045
The course is designed for anyone who has contact with people with Learning Disabilities who self harm. The course will help the organisation deliver CQC Outcomes 1, 2, 4.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

• What is meant by Self Harm
• The different forms of Self Harm
• The underlying factors that may lead to this behaviour in generally & in Learning Disabilities
• The differences between Suicide, Para Suicide and Self Harm
• Deliberate vs less conscious and unconscious Self Harm
• Different Psychological perspectives
• A Psychiatric perspective
• Assessment of behaviour and Risk Assessment
• Managing the risk
• Causation and Triggers
• Dangers
• The experience of the person who self harms
• The impact on friends, partners & family
• Offering support and the experience of the support worker
• Confusion and mutual helplessness
• How to establish an appropriate supportive relationship
• Help available and referrals
• Health & Safety issues
• What can be done and the limitations within a social care setting
Training methods utilised include Tutor presentations, Chalk & talk, Group work, PowerPoint, Pairs work, Word shower, Role play, Handouts, Practice studies.